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On Saturday night, Michael Grunwald, a Time correspondent, deleted a tweet that he said was ?dumb?; a spokesperson for the magazine noted in an e-mailed statement that it had been on Grunwald?s ?personal twitter account? and ?is in no way representative of Time?s views,? and called it ?offensive?: ?he regrets having tweeted it.? Those responses are apt. This is what Grunwald said:
 
I can?t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange.

 

 
People say reckless things on Twitter, as Grunwald?s defenders pointed out and as some of his more extreme critics, who posted that they couldn?t wait to write a similar defense regarding the drone strike that hit him and other gruesome things, demonstrated. If dumbness were the only issue we?d be done. But this one deserves being talked about a bit more, less because Grunwald still seems a bit oblivious as to what was wrong with what he said (though there?s that) than because it encapsulated something hazardous about the current moment, for journalists, for anyone who cares about civil liberties, and for the political culture more generally. And there?s the issue of the lack of civility on Twitter?but we already knew that one.
 
Still, let?s start with the tweets. Many people read it as a call to kill Assange, a founder of WIkiLeaks; that isn?t quite right, but ?can?t wait to write a defense? implies a certain eager anticipation...
 

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Oh come on.... it was meant as a joke... Some people just dont have a sense of humor

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Oh come on.... it was meant as a joke... Some people just dont have a sense of humor

Maybe so, but it did pass the limits of good tastes.

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Maybe so, but it did pass the limits of good tastes.

 

Oh yeah? Well I cant wait to read about the drone strike that hits Neobond's house... maybe Hum's?? MWHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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Oh yeah? Well I cant wait to read about the drone strike that hits Neobond's house... maybe Hum's?? MWHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Neobond...I've feel bad about. Hum.....I'd be enraged. He's promised me a ride on his spaceship. :P

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